At this time of national crisis, Inspire Alpine® founder and Everest Summiter Ricky Munday is offering a limited number of free, inspirational Everest-themed webinars for schools who have partially or fully reopened, to help raise aspirations and develop resilience and support them through this difficult time. Since climbing Everest in 2018, Ricky has inspire more than 26,000 young people at over 160 schools across the UK to raise their aspirations.

These talks have been funded by a variety of private and public donors, and we currently have funding for 50 free webinars for schools in Wales, 6 free webinars for schools in England, and 25 free webinars for schools in Scotland.

Outstanding presentation from Ricky. The kids didn't say a word for the whole hour. That's me inspired as well as the kids!

~Laura T, parent

Follow Your Dreams

In his 'Follow Your Dreams' talk, Ricky describes his incredible journey from a council estate in Glasgow to the top of the world on his successful ascent of the world's highest mountain - Mount Everest.

During that long journey, he faced and overcame adversity and mental health challenges - being arrested twice, dropping out of University twice, and being made redundant during his accountancy training. He bounced back from redundancy by completing the Marathon des Sables, a 150-mile ultramarathon in the Sahara desert known as the ‘toughest footrace on earth’. This experience transformed his mindset and gave him the confidence and determination to follow his own dreams.

Since qualifying as a Chartered Accountant in 2005, he has worked in the private, public and third sectors, including six years deployed with the Red Cross & other aid organisations in Africa, Asia and the Caribbean. From 2014 – 2018 he was the youngest ever member of the executive team at the UK’s national polar research organisation, before stepping down to climb Everest.

He shares learning points from turning back below the Death Zone on Everest in 2017, when he coordinated the evacuation of a seriously injured team-mate from Chinese Base Camp, and how he put these lessons into practice to make a successful summit attempt in 2018.

The key themes include perseverance, building resilience, goal-setting and overcoming adversity.

Webinar options

There are two main webinar options:

  • A 45-minute webinar about Ricky's journey from a council estate to the top of Everest (strong themes, suitable for children aged 7+). This webinar can last up to 75 minutes with 30 minutes of Q&A
  • A 35-minute webinar focused on Ricky's failure & success on Everest for pupils of all ages - this webinar can last up to 60 minutes with 25 minutes of Q&A

Ricky displays and demonstrates use of some of his high altitude climbing equipment & clothing during the webinar. If you're unsure which talk is most appropriate for your audience or your slot please send us an email.

Feedback & Testimonials

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Wow! What a fantastic way to spend a Monday morning. Our students were mesmerised by the stories of perseverance and...

Posted by Sarah Campbell on Monday, September 16, 2019

You could literally hear a pin drop as our P4-7 pupils listened with complete fascination to Ricky's amazing,...

Posted by Lynne Scott on Thursday, February 21, 2019

We are a smaller school group in a specialist provision. Many lack resilience and motivation (that's just the staff!)....

Posted by Fiona Milligan on Wednesday, August 8, 2018

A wonderful inspirational talk which our pupils loved. They were buzzing with excitement afterwards! There were so many...

Posted by Leonie O'Connor on Friday, November 2, 2018

What pupils can we reach?

We can reach all of your pupils, whether at school or at home. The platform we use allows us to add teacher/s as a second host or panelists to help facilitate the webinar for pupils who are physically at school, and we require parents of pupils at home to register in advance. This approach allows us to reach all pupils whether at school or at home in a safe way.

Is your platform secure?

The platform is designed so that only hosts can share their video, audio and screen. Hosts can also unmute the attendees, so they can limit and control what attendees share and are fundamentally very secure - much more so than a standard Zoom meeting. For schools who cannot use Zoom, we can offer alternative options such as Microsoft Teams or Google Meet, so please get in touch.

Check Availability & Request a Booking

You can check Ricky's availability by either pressing the 'Check Webinar Availability' button below or by clicking on the blue button on the bottom left of this webpage.

Check Webinar Availability

Either option will generate a popup window where you will see Ricky's calendar. Any date with a blue highlight indicates that Ricky has some availability that day. Click on whichever date you prefer and you'll be presented with a list of available time slots. Please don't book a slot on the calendar itself; instead choose your preferred date & time & enter it on the request form below.